Camera: NIKON D2Hs
Shutter: 1/30 s
Exposure Setting: Manual (Pattern Metering)
Strobe Flash: Off-Camera Flash
Lens Focal Length: 25 mm
White Balance: Manual
Shooter's Comments: On Friday, I went to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo for a private tour with a group of traveling writers. I always love going to the zoo. I didn't know what to expect at this assignment. The first place we went was the African Journey section. I took photos of the group looking at the Swamp Monkeys and then they continued to the Indonesian Rain Forest to see the Orangutans.
I followed the group in hopes of some good interactive moments. The male orangutan named Tengku swung by in front of a visitor and it was luck that my camera was at a correct exposure to capture the two looking at each other. I used a little off-camera flash so that the glass would not glare. I also shot Tengku at another angle, he came really close to the glass to look at us.
It was so cool to see these animals. They had such great personalities. I guess they like the colors red and pink, so a lady put her purse down and it seemed like they came closer but it could have been that they were curious about us with all our cameras!
- Laura J. Gardner, Photojournalist